Hello and Welcome! Come on in and I’ll get you a nice strong Dark Roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is a gorgeous day, pleasant, a slight breeze, mostly sunny. Let’s go sit out back at the table in the photo at the top. Where is it? Some of you may know I am on Cape Cod.
This was my vacation week. My parents typically visit the last week of August, but they had to back out this year. I still kept the entire week off, my only full week off for the year.
It’s been a strange week. The first part was too cool and windy to kayak or swim. And then there was a day and half of rain. But the last couple of days have been gorgeous.
I did get out on the kayak on Tuesday and then again yesterday for the longest paddle of the summer, perhaps the longest paddle in the last 5 or 6 years. It was at least six miles and may have been as many as 9 miles. It’s hard to tell with the map I used, so I’ll have to find a better one. I’ve also been swimming a few times, have had a couple of long walks in the woods, etc. I’ve been taking care of the dogs – a full time job ;)
I spent the rainy day on Wednesday going through The Old Mill. I did something I’ve never done before. Even though I added three chapters and deleted one, I called the end product the First Draft. Despite these changes, it is still very rough. In fact, those additions were the only things I really did to the work, so I added some rough chapters to the rough draft, keeping it a rough draft.
I had some excitement yesterday afternoon. I was headed out to get gas and pick up a few things at the grocery store. At the end of my street, waiting to pull out onto the main road, a couple of police cars roared up and stopped almost across the street from me. One went into the parking lot I thought I saw him pull out an assault weapon. The other parked so he was blocking half of the lane of the road. I pulled out behind stopped traffic as it started to move again, but didn’t make it far. A fire engine and ambulance blew in. I made it around the police car in the middle of the road and went up on the curb. Another police car came in front of me, hopped the curb inches in front of me and parked in the sidewalk next to me! A motorcycle cop zipped up and pulled in behind me. I pulled away, but had to pull over two more times as police rushed to the scene. I took a shortcut to the gas station and could hear sirens the entire time. As I was getting gas, I could hear them coming up the main road in front of the gas station. I was looking away from the road and saw a dirt bike rip through the back of the station at a high rate of speed. He hit a bump and was airborne for several seconds, like a Hollywood stunt. The police were going by in front of the station at that same time, so I knew the dirt bike was being chased. More police cars ripping through. When I got back home, they had an entire parking lot and road taped off. Seeing later pictures, there was a car inside of the parking lot that was taped off as well, so behind two “layers” of tape. I took a walk with the dogs as helicopters flew over, one shadowing me and the dogs as we walked….
I later discovered that the person in the car was shot and airlifted to Boston. The dirtbike was the primary suspect. He was on the run for a couple of hours going through several townships before loosing the pursuit. They later found the bike and then found him.
Anyway, excitement for the week.
Today is a beautiful day. I am going to run as soon as I post this. I will kayak later in the morning (not 9 miles!) and go swimming in the afternoon, so I may not be around.
Thanks for stopping by! I’ll try to hit some coffee shares later this weekend.